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Synonyms for rub



rub off on someone


  • influence
  • affect
  • be transferred to
  • be passed on to
  • have an effect on
  • be transmitted to

rub something in


rub something or someone down

Synonyms for rub

to remove or invalidate by or as if by running a line through or wiping clean

rub out: to take the life of (a person or persons) unlawfully

a tricky or unsuspected condition


Synonyms for rub

an unforeseen obstacle

the act of rubbing or wiping

cause friction

scrape or rub as if to relieve itching


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But part of her definitely rubbed off on me, inspired me to be more optimistic.
It was a lot of money to spend on a guitar and I think Tim was quite embarrased when he rubbed off the signature.
The print can only be rubbed off by wiping it with a damp cloth.
And it appeared at one stage that some of the day-glo gunk he'd used on his mush had rubbed off on lily white SJP, 43.
On a team that prided itself on outstanding defense, Lilley fit in fine, playing a gritty and unselfish brand of basketball that rubbed off on teammates.
The Bank of England has asked banks to stop issuing the notes after it was discovered the serial number could be rubbed off.
This spirit rubbed off on his children who started in this country with very little.
Although she had no true peers in league, Strange remained focused, and her commitment to improving her game rubbed off on teammates.
YEARS of writing essays and doing tests in his previous life on a mechanical engineering masters degree have rubbed off on Iain Dowie.
For all its geographic proximity and its strong cultural and economic ties, none of this appears to have rubbed off on Mexico, where its leaders can't admit they have a problem.
The star was dashing from advert to advert for a fake tan firm Dolce and Gabbana when some of the bronzing cream rubbed off.